Well, we have certainly witnessed momentous events recently, both politically and internationally, and this may have created a period of uncertainty, but the good news is, we can be certain that the range and quality of events and entertainment available to us in West Norfolk should continue well into the future. Bring it on!
The two main King’s Lynn Festivals continue to amaze – Festival Too is currently attracting the crowds, and we will shortly have the King’s Lynn Festival (between July 17 and July 30), and, of course, other festivals at Hunstanton, Downham Market and other towns and villages throughout our area, which seem to delight us through most of the year nowadays.
The Festival Too events tonight and this weekend – reported elsewhere on these pages – are especially exciting and I know many are looking forward to hearing The Vamps and other cool bands.
One festival, new to me, designed especially for young people, is the Young Norfolk Arts Festival 2016, described as a celebration of creativity by and for young people in Norfolk and covers activity and various events in music, dance, theatre, literature, the visual arts, film and radio and much more. Much is based in Norwich, but other areas are covered and there is a lot to enjoy. Do visit ynaf.org.uk for more details.
I have been contacted by Greyfriars Art Space in Lynn, where there always seems to be much going on, and they advise me of two forthcoming exhibitions.
There’s a Pop-Up Shop by Christine Pike tomorrow only between 11am and 5pm. Of special interest will be, I think, Christine demonstrating her sculpting techniques as well visitors being able to view examples of her work.
The other event is an exhibition of wonderful artwork created by the children of Whitefriars Church of England Primary Academy, open to view between 9.30am and 4pm next Tuesday and Wednesday, July 5 and 6 . The exhibition is entitled Patterns and once again it’s great to feature work by young people in the column. The Art Space is at 43 St James Streetin Lynn, PE30 5BZ.
Just hearing about the possible future of the HS2 rail project reminds me to mention the range of fascinating rail-related events taking place at this time of year in the region.
I see there is a Vintage Transport Festival meeting the Rock n Roll Years this weekend between 10am and 4pm tomorrow and Sunday at The Poppy Line, North Norfolk Railway.
This is one of Norfolk’s largest classic vehicle shows, and includes trains, cars, buses, industrial and emergency vehicles. There will also be live music, a barbecue, dance floor and a bar with real ale and cider – sounds like the perfect combination. Contact 01263 820 800 or visit www.nnrailway.co.uk for all the exciting details.
As I indicated at the beginning of the column, there is much going on and I finish this week with mention of a few more events. Don’t forget the opportunity to enjoy brass band music in The Walks, King’s Lynn, on a Sunday afternoon and other venues in West Norfolk; don’t forget the skiing event on the weekend of July 9 in Lynn; and don’t forget the talks and walks at local churches and museums in the area. Yes, there’s a lot to remember!
Finally, I notice there is a Bridge Lecture being given at All Saints’ Church, Hillington Square, in Lynn, next Thursday, July 7, starting at 7.30pm. The subject is the Rev Edward Edwards and his Lynn Antiquities, being given by David Higgins. Are you intrigued? Why not attend and find out more?